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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 4/20/2007
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society?s Cape May Bird Observatory. This week?s message was prepared on Friday April 20, 2007. Highlights this week include sightings of CATTLE EGRET, RED-NECKED GREBE, CHIMNEY SWIFT, VESPER SPARROW, CANVASBACK, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD and CASPIAN TERN

Up to three CATTLE EGRETS, on 4/18, have been frequenting the grassy field along Seashore Rd. in Cape May. Two egrets were seen on Steven?s St. on 4/16.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen from Ocean Dr. on 4/10.

The first CHIMNEY SWIFT of the spring was reported from Wildwood on 4/16.

A VESPER SPARROW was seen at the intersection of New England Rd. and Bayshore Rd. on 4/14.

At least one female CANVASBACK is still being seen on lighthouse pond at the Cape May Point State Park, as of 4/18.

ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS have bee seen the Cape May area in the last couple of days. One was seen at a feeder on Seagrove Ave. in West Cape May on 4/19. As well, one bird was seen coming to a feeder in the Villas on the same day.

Two BLUE-WINGED TEAL continue at the Cape May Point State Park as of 4/19.

The first report of RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD for Cape May this spring came from the CMBO Center for Research and Education yesterday, 4/19.

Lastly, one CASPIAN TERN was seen in the gull pond area of the Forsythe NWR on 4/17.

ANNOUNCEMENT:

The New Jersey Audubon Society is offering a special springtime half- price membership rate, which entitles members to one year of reduced program fees, discounts at the center nature store and other benefits. Become a New Jersey Audubon member this spring for $19 (Individual) or $22 (Family) and receive a Ticket to Discovery, an instant benefit that provides one free nature program to the bearer and a guest (up to a $20 value). Stop in to your local NJAS center to ask for further details or to join.

The Northwood Center will be opening up seven days a week again as of May 1st. Until that date the CMBO Bookstore hours are as follows; Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point, winter hours are Thursday-Monday 9:00-4:30. The Center for Research and Education on Rt. 47 in Goshen is open Tuesday- Sunday 9:00- 4:30.

The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon Society?s Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties. Updates are made weekly. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Sponsorship for this hotline comes from the support of CMBO members and business members, and should you not be a member, we cordially invite you to join. Individual membership is $35 per year; $45 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and you?ll receive your choice of a FREE gift (in addition to member discount in the stores).

Good Luck and Good Birding!

 
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